19 Oct Winners and losers in the Champions League
The Champions League takes centre stage this evening across Europe, with Group C on match-day three offering two very interesting games involving British clubs.
Pep Guardiola heads to back to the scene of former glories, when he takes his Manchester City side to the Nou Camp to face group leaders Barcelona.
Could this be the battle of ‘Tiki-Taka’ football?
City were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Celtic on match-day two in Glasgow, with the Scottish champions energy seemingly exposing weaknesses in the English side’s backline, that had not been apparent in their opening eight games of the season.
Barcelona find themselves in unfamiliar territory going into this match, sitting fourth in La Liga, but buoyant after a 4-0 win over Deportivo at the weekend.
Luis Enrique’s team have a 100% record in the group going into the game after wins over Celtic and Borussia.
The Germans are in Glasgow for a match being billed as the battle for third place and European football in the new year.
Celtic, under Brendan Rodgers are flying since that 7-0 hammering from Barcelona in September and remain unbeaten over six games including that draw with City, that really highlighted the progression Rodgers has delivered since arriving as boss in the summer.
Andre Schubert wants eleven monsters to perform in his Borussia side tonight, but once they hear the Celtic crowd they may well get the fright of their lives and capitulate to the Scottish Champions.
Elsewhere, Arsenal take on Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets with manager Arsene Wenger suggesting a title challenge domestically and a tilt at the Champions League trophy could be the key to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez committing their long term future to the Gunners.
My predictions;Barcelona 3-1 Manchester City, Celtic 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach and finally Arsenal 4-0 Ludogorets.